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2017 "Kick The Can" Build-Off contest - Canjos, Tin Can Guitars

"Come on, brothers and sisters, KICK OUT THE CANS!"   For our final build-off contest of 2017, we're looking for your best canjos, cookie…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

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How I Attach a Lid to a Cigar Box Guitar for Best Acoustic Response - by Shane Speal

You've shaped the neck, cut the soundholes and put all those glorious electronics inside.  Now it's time to attach the lid to the box! In…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

12 Dec 3
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How to Play Like Seasick Steve + Build Your Own "3-String Trance Wonder"

In all my years of teaching cigar box guitar through Youtube videos, no lesson has been more popular than a quick class I filmed on Seasic…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

1 Dec 2
Reply by Richard Dean

How to Play Muddy Waters on Cigar Box Guitar

by Shane Speal Muddy Waters was one of my very first heroes when I was introduced to the blues.  He had the swagger and the bravado like n…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

2 Nov 29
Reply by Ernest Gusella

How to Make a 2-String Washing Machine Contra Bass!

The folks over at Scrap Wood City have taken the DIY Instrument idea to a new level with this wild contra bass built from an old washing m…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

0 Nov 28

BUILDING TIP: Scrap wood "Feeler Gauge" measures perfect action on floating bridges - by G. S. Monroe

editor's note:  G. S. Monroe is a Florida based folk art instrument maker.  Shane Speal calls his instruments "visionary and a true throwb…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

15 Nov 25
Reply by Alan Dillard

Jim Morris Recreates Gus Cannon's Historic Banjo

Jim Morris took the "Gus Cannon Banjo Challenge" and knocked it outta the park! A week ago, I posted an excerpt from Samuel Charter's boo…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

26 Nov 24
Reply by Jim Morris

VIDEO: Luther Dickinson Rocks Cigar Box Guitar with North Mississippi Allstars

It's always great to see Luther pickup a cigar box guitar and crank out Mississippi Boll Weevil.  He started out playing Lowebows made by…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

10 Nov 22
Reply by Mr.C

VIDEO - "Widow Someday (the evil diddley bow song) by Shane Speal & the Snakes

"Widow Someday (the evil diddley bow song) by Shane Speal and the Snakes.  Video produced by Ronn Benway... entirely on his smartphone! Scr…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

3 Nov 19
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A Better Acoustic Pickup for Cigar Box Guitar: How I Install a Piezo Rod & Preamp

Get the most out of your acoustic/electric cigar box guitars with an inexpensive piezo rod & preamp unit.  In this video, I show a simp…

Started by Shane Speal shanespeal.com

4 Nov 15
Reply by Richard Dean

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